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'''Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles''', Royal Society|FRS (6 July 1781 – 5 July 1826) was a British wikt:statesman|statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java (1811–1815) and Governor-General of British Bencoolen|Bencoolen (1817–1822), best known for his founding of Singapore. He was also heavily involved in Invasion of Java (1811)|the conquest of the Indonesian island of Java from Dutch and French military forces during the Napoleonic Wars and contributed to the expansion of the British Empire. He was also an amateur writer and wrote a book titled ''The History of Java (1817 book)|The History of Java'' (1817).
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